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Old 04-25-2011, 09:18 PM   #616
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Great write up, explained everything very clearly.

Thanks for the offer of the ride, much appreciated!
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:08 AM   #617
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No problem. You going tonight?
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:52 AM   #618
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I just checked today's local forecast and it says rain, starting at 3PM, 50% chance, extending into the evening.
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:55 PM   #619
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Huh. Down here the slight chance of rain has now gone completely away. Looks like it's gonna be a nice evening!
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:28 PM   #620
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You're right, forecast changed.

Yes, coming down.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:33 PM   #621
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You're right, forecast changed.

Yes, coming down.
Sweet, I'll bring the W in. Looks like there's gonna be a good crowd there tonight.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:35 AM   #622
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I got to ride the Jerk's W with the great suspension mods. Money well spent!

The test track was lower Manhattan with all it's bumps, cobblestone streets, potholes, etc.

The front no longer dives under braking, and there is actually rebound dampening. The rear didn't bounce over bumps to the extent mine normally does. Overall, it felt well balanced and well sorted out. I'm about 30 lbs heavy than he is, but it still worked very well for me. It's funny getting off one bike, getting on to the same bike, but it feels so different.

Thanks for the ride!

Just one question though. Isn't there supposed to be a rev limiter on this bike? At one point I looked down and saw 11K on the tach, is this normal?
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:52 AM   #623
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Suspension follow-up

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OK the Race Tech suspension upgrade.
Just wanted to say thanks for taking all the time to write up such detailed follow-up. Well done! Haven't done my forks or rear shocks yet. FYI - length of Progressive fork springs are 18.5". Quite a big difference. Maybe they're intended to be used without spacers?

Glad to hear you're happy with the results.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:34 AM   #624
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New inmate posted this here, looks like a great bike with a great price.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=681366
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:56 AM   #625
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Last winter I installed Hagon shocks and new fork oil in the stock forks on my Dub. Definitely better than stock, but still felt hinged in the middle. Weight shifts, bumps in corners, made the bike feel unsettled.

Just put Race Tech fork springs and Gold Valve emulators in the front forks. OMG what a difference!!!

Absolutely huge improvement in handling. Not upset by bumps. Can shift weight side to side in corner transitions without causing the bike to wiggle.

IMHO, absolutely worth every penny for both upgrades. It handles like a whole new bike.
The service manual says remove the fork tubes from the triple clamps and turn them upside down to drain. Looking mine over I cannot find a drain bolt so I am assuming that is the way to do it? Whatup Kawasaki...build a fantastic motorcycle and not allow for draining the forks in the chassis? Doh! Am I right...there is no other way?
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:20 AM   #626
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A pro shop may have a pump that will pump out the new fluid, but us shade tree types have to do it the hard way. OTOH, I found the process wasn't too hard. And if you want to put on new seals or bushings, you'll have to pull the forks anyway. When you loosen the triple clamp bolts, the forks will slide down--no need to remove the headlight.

The hardest part of pulling the forks was getting the front wheel off. The torque spec for the axle nut is high; it took a cheater bar on both ends of the axle when I pulled mine.

YMMV.
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Anyone definitively know what size the allen is for the front axle on the W? I have forgotten and I want to buy a socket for it to put in my road tool bag. It's bigger than 10mm, I'm guessing it's 12mm but I'd like to know for sure before I buy the socket.
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[QUOTE=ORexpat;15894136]A pro shop may have a pump that will pump out the new fluid, but us shade tree types have to do it the hard way. OTOH, I found the process wasn't too hard. And if you want to put on new seals or bushings, you'll have to pull the forks anyway. When you loosen the triple clamp bolts, the forks will slide down--no need to remove the headlight.

The hardest part of pulling the forks was getting the front wheel off. The torque spec for the axle nut is high; it took a cheater bar on both ends of the axle when I pulled mine.

YMMV.[/QUOTE
Great reply. Thanks. I was wondering about the headlamp ears. Glad they stay in place that will make that job fairly simple. Yesterday was fun. I did some needed maintanence.

New tires
New Chain
Drained and flushed the tank (no ethanol water!)
Replaced spark plugs.
Lubed all cables.
Changed front brake fluid and installed new EBC's
and misc other stuff.

It is amazing how easy these bikes are to service. It was time at 20k for some lovin'
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:28 AM   #629
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Anyone definitively know what size the allen is for the front axle on the W? I have forgotten and I want to buy a socket for it to put in my road tool bag. It's bigger than 10mm, I'm guessing it's 12mm but I'd like to know for sure before I buy the socket.
12MM. Rather than a socket I just bought a 12MM allen key and dremeled off a 1/2 in. piece to use as an insert so a 12MM wrench does the job.
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:57 AM   #630
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The W had a great week. New plugs, new Bridgestone S11's, new D.I.D. chain, new EBC brake pads and some other stuff followed by a detail cleaning. I couldn't love that bike any more.


Heading up to St. Augustine to World Golf Village for the 12th annual Riding Into History vintage event. Check it out at www.ridingintohistory.com. Gonna be fun.
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